Man arrested after 1 killed, 1 injured in crash on East Washington Avenue
MADISON, Wis. — Madison police believe speed and alcohol played a role in a crash on East Washington Avenue that killed a man and injured his wife early Thursday morning.
Antoine K. Tempel, 32, of Madison, faces several charges, including intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, hit-and-run causing death and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, third offense.
A 71-year-old man from Chicago was killed in the crash and his 69-year-old wife suffered minor injuries.
The man died at the scene. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday morning.
The crash happened around 1 a.m. in the 1400 block of East Washington Avenue.
Police said the 71-year-old victim was driving a Chevy HHR in the middle lane when it was rear-ended by a BMW convertible driven by Tempel. Witnesses say the victim was driving the speed limit but Tempel was going between 80 and 100 mph at the time of the crash.
Tempel and two passengers ran away from the crash scene, according to Joel DeSpain, a spokesperson for the Madison Police Department.
The driver and a female passenger returned to the site minutes later, DeSpain said.
Tempel denied driving but an MPD traffic investigator determined he was behind the wheel.
Tempel suffered a broken shoulder and cuts during the crash, DeSpain said. The female passenger had minor injuries. Both were taken to the hospital, according to the Madison Fire Department.
The other male passenger from the BMW has not been located.
Lanes on East Washington Avenue between South Dickinson Street and First Street were closed for around five hours. They reopened around 6:30 a.m. Thursday.
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